Event Date: October 4, 2013 - 2:00 pm
LOUISE ARBOUR, International Crisis Group, Brussels.
Presented by CIPS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Video also available on CPAC
The doctrines of peacekeeping, justice and the responsibility to protect are all at the heart of UN efforts to protect civilians from the devastating effects of warfare. The ambition to eradicate cultures of impunity, protect civilians and bring peace to warring communities is a laudable one, but all too often we are falling short of these goals. When we look around us today we see horrendous abuses in Syria, the Central African Republic, and numerous other states where civilians are bearing the brunt of conflict. And we are still struggling to reconcile the sometimes competing aspirations of peace and justice. What does this say about these three doctrines? Are they now showing the flaws in their original conception and formulation, or is the root of the problem one of insufficient implementation?